I. Enhance the Quality and Distinctiveness of the Marist Educational Experience for All Students–Traditional Age Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Adult Learners.
Initiatives – General
- Provide an increasingly distinctive education that remains affordable.
- Promote greater faculty and student collaboration on scholarly and creative projects.
- Enhance and expand our internationally recognized technology-enabled learning experience.
- Promote exceptional and wide-ranging international study experiences to facilitate global awareness.
- Strengthen career awareness, planning, and placement services for all current students and alumni.
- Continue systematic review and assessment of programs emphasizing learning outcomes to ensure standards of high quality are maintained.
- Document and reward outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service, and communicate these professional accomplishments to the wider community.
- Leverage our historic Hudson River Valley location with a curriculum that engages meaningfully with the region from New York City to Albany.
- Develop new strategies to recruit, mentor, and retain highly qualified full-time and part-time faculty.
- Review and enhance retention plans for all student populations.
- Increase the number of full-time faculty at a rate that exceeds the growth rate in traditional age undergraduate students and at appropriate levels for graduate and adult student population growth.
- Move forward with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan to address academic space needs, including: the renovation of space in Lowell Thomas, the Dyson Center, and Fontaine Hall freed up by the opening of the Hancock Center; upgrades to science labs; and the addition to the Dyson Center.
- Move forward with the implementation of the Campus Master Plan to address student life and residential space needs, including: the addition and renovation of the McCann Center; the completion of the Route 9 Pedestrian Walkway; the addition of space for the music program; the renovation of the dining hall; and expanded student housing.
Initiatives – Traditional-Age Undergraduates
- Provide a comprehensive education with a strong liberal arts core, and enhance it by emphasizing breadth of knowledge, interdisciplinary scholarship, skill development, and community engagement.
- Integrate and enhance Marist's current first-year offerings to create a comprehensive first-year experience.
- Encourage student experiences outside of the classroom, including internships, civic engagement, study abroad, research, and service learning that build pathways to careers or advanced study.
- Explore new academic programs, student-life activities, and marketing strategies that help ensure gender balance in full-time undergraduate student enrollment.
- Continue to raise the profile of athletics at Marist by ensuring that student athletes experience success both in the classroom and in athletic competition.
- Continue an enrollment strategy for the traditional-age undergraduate population on the Poughkeepsie campus that is based on (a) minimal growth of about one percent per year and (b) improved retention.
Initiatives – Graduate Students
- Build on successful and innovative program models, such as our ongoing partnerships with law enforcement agencies and health care organizations.
- Systematically monitor trends in the graduate student market and survey the student population to determine what programs, delivery formats, services, and price points should be enhanced, developed, or modified.
- Strengthen student support services for graduate students and make them more accessible, including online and on-campus services.
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the competitiveness of graduate programs and the methods that are used to market the programs.
- Assist faculty in developing knowledge and skills specific to advising graduate students.
- Increase integration of graduate programs with undergraduate and adult programs, with more five-year, certificate, degree completion, and other feeder programs.
- Develop community-based learning experiences for graduate students including research, internships, and service learning opportunities.
Initiatives – Adult Learners
- Build on successful and innovative program models, such as those offered by the Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP).
- Systematically monitor trends in the adult student market and survey the student population to determine what programs, delivery formats, price points, and services should be enhanced, developed, or modified.
- Strengthen student support services for adult students and make them more accessible, including online and on-campus services.
- Conduct a comprehensive review of the competitiveness of adult programs and the methods that are used to market the programs.
- Better integrate adult degree completion programs with graduate education.
- Continue to grow professional development and certificate programs.
- Improve adult student life by allocating additional space and resources for programming and student interaction.
- Enhance relationships with the adult alumni population.